Is Fallon the Xer Who Will Millennialize Late Night?

Jimmy Fallon is not a Millennial. At 36-years-old, he is firmly in the camp of the Gen Xer—but you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking him for a member of the more optimistic, less-cynical generation when watching his takeover of The Tonight Show since last MondayAfter years of Leno and Letterman’s wry, sarcastic take on pop culture dominating late night, Fallon’s approach is unapologetically positive and inclusive. Fallon could be the first late night host to appeal to the Millennial audience. Ratings for the show actually improved over the course of last week for viewers between 18 and 49 (the “money category” for late night shows) delivering a number that was the best viewer score for that demo on a Wednesday night for the show in 10 years. Nothing about the long-term future of his audience can be determined yet, but he’s already in a better position that most to lure Millennials to late night TV. Many grew up watching him on SNL, but that’s just one advantage—his personality and approach to comedy make him more Millennial-friendly than any other host. Here are just some of the reasons that Fallon may be the Xer who will Millennialize late night:
1. They’re actually excited for him.
Throughout last week, one of the biggest differences between Jimmy Fallon and his predecessor became clear: Millennials are actually excited for Fallon, and they’re celebrating his show. His premiere resulted in a slew of blogosphere output chronicling and complimenting the moments of the first show, like “The 35 Best Moments From Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut” GIF gallery posted on Buzzfeed. UPROXX’s effusive posting on the celebrity cameo skit of the premiere might have put the reaction best: ”You might say the cameo-heavy segment was just like the thing Jay Leno tried to do, except…


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Quote of the Day: “This holiday, I’m giving someone a hoverboard.” –Male, 19, CA

Yesterday’s Cyber Monday broke records and holiday shopping is increasingly moving online—especially for Millennials. So it only makes sense for brands targeting young consumers to focus more of their holiday marketing efforts on digital. J.Crew and American Girl are both betting big on social campaigns this season, with J.Crew creating shoppable Instagram ads and a digital gift guide, and American Girl running multiple campaigns on Facebook and Instagram this December. (Adweek)

Since we first wrote about the best dressed generation, the trend of mini-fashionistas earning Instagram fame has only continued and grown. Some parents of these pint-sized digital celebrities, who the Times has dubbed “Instamoms,” work with brands to feature clothing and products in post in exchange for payment. While the kids are undoubtedly adorable, one consulted psychologist compares the practice to the “pageant world.” (NYTimes)

Spotify has released their year in review results, and Millennial artists are ruling the streaming waves. Drake was the most streamed artist of the year, Rihanna was the most streamed female artist, Justin Beiber received the most streams in a single day, and The Weeknd had the most streamed album. One important note: Taylor Swift and Adele are not included in the ranking because they do not make their music available on the service. (The Verge)

Over thirty percent of Millennials see credit cards as “old school,” according to PayPal’s shopping research. This attitude could be because of their increasing affinity towards mobile and digital payments, and PayPal declares that this means, “’Millennials want credit that is as digitally native as they are.’” The e-pay brand also found that Millennials are more likely than any other generation to say they are more likely to trust companies that are tech-based. (Marketingland)

Cereal was once as much a part of childhood as Saturdaymorning cartoons, but the boxed breakfast is on the decline with children, and Millennials. Young consumers have been turning to lower sugar, portable food options like Greek yogurt, and “kids today don’t identify with cereal as much as the older generations once did.” Brands are pivoting marketing and products to adjust to the shift, and Kellogg has experimented with playing on Millennials’ nostalgia to get them back in the cereal aisle. (The Atlantic)

Quote of the Day: “This holiday season, I’m buying myself a GoPro.” –Male, 28, MI

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